Angie’s List: Safe Tree Removal(WGGB) — Despite our best effort, sometimes a tree is just too sick to save. When that happens, you really have no choice but to remove the tree.
“Proper tree maintenance is important from a liability standpoint for homeowners,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List. “You may not realize, but if you have a tree that falls and damages someone else’s property you are going to be responsible, so you want to take care of them when you see the first need.”
When it’s time to take the tree down, there are several factors that impact cost, but height is typically most important.
“A lot of tree removal companies will charge by the foot of a tree,” says Hicks. “For example, if it’s $15 a foot, a 40 foot tree would cost $600 to remove.”
Hicks adds, “Keep in mind that price doesn’t always include taking the stump out, so be sure to ask about that in particular if that’s important to you.”
Most companies will offer a free, on-site estimate. In fact, Hicks says beware of companies that give you an estimate over the phone without looking at the tree.
You should also check whether the company’s quote includes a full yard clean-up. If not, it’s your responsibility to remove the debris.
Tree removal is highly technical and dangerous, and should only be done by an experienced professional.
Before hiring, ask for proof of insurance and licensing, and be sure all details of the project, including services and costs, are outlined in the contract before signing.